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Oonagh Murdock
As part of the ASK – A Solicitor Knows initiative, The Law Society of Northern Ireland has launched a new social media campaign highlighting some of the legal services offered by solicitors in Northern Ireland. In support of that, Oonagh Murdock from McKinty and Wright’s Property and Commercial Department details the main points of interest on the Stamp Duty Relief introduced in the Autumn Budget. The Chancellor announced a new Stamp Duty Relief for First Time Buyers in his recent Autumn Statement. This relief applies from the 22nd November 2017 in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and means that: - First Time Buyers purchasing a residential property for less than &...
Gary Patterson
As part of the ASK – A Solicitor Knows initiative, The Law Society of Northern Ireland has launched a new social media campaign highlighting some of the legal services offered by solicitors in Northern Ireland. In support of that, Gary Patterson from McKinty and Wright’s Property and Commercial Department provides a brief overview on the benefits of having an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in place. What is an Enduring Power of Attorney? An EPA is a legal document that is used by an individual to appoint someone else to act on their behalf in the event of them losing the capacity to do so. An EPA covers a situation where a person becomes ...
McKinty and Wright
(l-r) Senior Partner, Lester Doake with Partners Kevin O’Hagan, Aisling Mellon, and Gary Patterson McKinty and Wright are delighted to announce that promotions in 2017 at the Belfast-based firm include three additions to the partnership. With client’s praising him for “his professionalism, sense of duty and reliability”, Gary Patterson joins the partnership from McKinty and Wright’s Property & Commercial Department. A highly skilled property lawyer, his work includes the negotiation of commercial leases, sales and acquisitions, corporate restructures and building developments....
Kevin O'Hagan
Starting in May of this year, Kevin has been posting LinkedIn Legal Updates, available automatically to everyone on his LinkedIn network. The following post from the series is specific to Health and Safety. Other topics covered to date include the Discount Rate, Contributory Negligence and Limitation. To access the series in full, connect with Kevin on LinkedIn HEALTH & SAFETY: A CONCENTRATION ON CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER Health and Safety Offences Your client, like you, will not likely find themselves facing ...
McKinty and Wright
We want to say a big thank you to all our clients and colleagues in the profession who took the time to speak to Chambers researchers about the work we do - McKinty and Wright continues to be acknowledged by Chambers as a Top Ranked Firm in Northern Ireland, listed across three practice areas: - Litigation, Professional Negligence and Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant, ranking Band 1 again this year for the latter. Leading individuals identified by Chambers’ researchers include Lester Doake, Sean McGahan, Kevin O’Hagan and Aisling Mellon, with Louise Butler profiled as a Recognised Practitioner. As set out on their website, Chambers have been ranking the best lawyers for over 25 years, now across 185 jurisdictions,...
Sean McGahan
My thanks again to ICTTF and the IRM for asking me to MC the Operational Stream of the European Cyber Threat Summit 2017. It was quite an experience to be part of such a well put together event.  There was fantastic coverage before and after the event, with the following giving a flavour of the excellent insight delivered: - RTE’s report on the Summit’s keynote interview with Edward Snodden https://www.rte.ie/news/technology/2017/1024/914943-edward-snowden/ “It takes a network to defeat a network” President of ICTTF, Paul Dwyer and ...
Lester Doake
Cyber Threat Summit The firm is delighted to be supporting this year’s  Cyber Threat Summit  taking place on the 24th October at Helix Conference and Exhibition Centre in Dublin. Billed as the largest event of its kind, it will attract cyber security experts from all over Europe to discuss all aspects of cyber security including issues such as GDPR, the NIS Directive and of course BREXIT. Our very own Sean McGahan is on the panel and with keynote speakers including Edward Snodden, this is set to be a stand-out event.  Insurance Institute of Northern Ireland’s Premium Masterclass Series We are ...
McKinty and Wright
Catriona McCorry and Roisin Harper have continued to strengthen McKinty and Wright’s association with FOIL in 2017: Catriona is FOIL Regional Representative for Northern Ireland and Roisin is NI Rep for TFOIL (Tomorrow’s FOIL). FOIL is the professional membership organisation representing those engaged in the defence of insurance-related claims. Members act for insurers, self-insured companies and all authorities in the public and private sectors. At McKinty and Wright, we aim to fully support FOIL’s commitment to: - Promoting best-practice in the defence of claims. Shaping and influencing public ...
Roisin Harper
NI JUDGMENT UPDATE (PERSONAL INJURY) Ruth Christine Mullen v Samantha Kerr (Defendant) and South Eastern Education and Library Board (Third Party) [2017] NIQB 69 - Stephens J Relevance: Casualty; Occupiers Liability; Employers Liability; Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (risk assessment and organisation of traffic routes).  Judgment entered for the Third Party in relation to third party proceedings; failure to carry out a formal risk assessment not indirectly causative of injury; precautions taken were adequate and organisation of traffic route sufficient. Instructed on ...
Catriona McCorry
NHS Pays More Than £1 billion in Patient Negligence Claims According to NHS Resolution the NHS paid out over £1.7 billion in damages for medical negligence claims in the last year. Ten years ago, in 2006/2007, the NHS received 5,419 claims. The number of claims last year came to nearly 11,000.  Whilst the overall number of claims in 2016 were down from the previous year, legal costs and damages have increased. As set out in a recent article by The Telegraph’s Health Editor, statistics from ...
Kevin O'Hagan
Ahead of McKinty and Wright’s annual CPD Session on 30th June 2017, Kevin discusses recent cases / points of interest for those dealing with claims litigation in Northern Ireland. The final part of the series focuses on Contributory Negligence in the context of the Judgment delivered in a Personal Injury/Casualty Motor claim dealt with by McKinty and Wright: - Contributory Negligence is one of those hard to pin down principles in Law, but in the simplest terms, it is the portion of blame that rests with the injured party arising from the facts of a case. In practice, it is the apportionment by which the Plaintiff’s damages should be reduced in matters in which the ...
McKinty and Wright
McKinty and Wright’s Charity Team (l-r): Tania Leiper, Jenni McFall, Oonagh McVeigh, Chloe Doherty Prosser, Simon Russell and Hayley Donaldson displaying the final figure raised on behalf of Mencap A change in the firm’s Charity Partner has been marked with a fond farewell to Fiona McCann and team at Mencap. We raised £5,971 in aid of the Big Step Forward campaign and were honoured to play a part in helping Mencap realise its ambition of opening a modern, flagship facility for children with learning disabilities. A warm welcome to incoming partner, Alzheimer’s Society, a charity investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention, along with providing ...
Kevin O'Hagan
Ahead of McKinty and Wright’s annual CPD Session on 30th June 2017, Kevin discusses recent cases / points of interest for those dealing with claims litigation in Northern Ireland. The second part of the series focuses on Limitation: - The High Court recently considered two issues which have been dogging Limitation cases in the last few years: whether an application should be taken before the Master as a preliminary issue and; when the Court should strike out a Plaintiff’s case based upon affidavit evidence alone.   Anyone who has considered making an application before the Master to strike out a Plaintiff’s claim because it is Statute ...
Connie Keating
With the deadline for renewal of liquor licenses fast approaching, it is time to check you are fully prepared. All liquor licences in Northern Ireland must be renewed by the Court every five years. The last renewal date was September 2012 meaning, with few exceptions, the renewal process must be completed ahead of the September 2017 deadline.  Now is the time for all licence holders to check that they have the original Liquor Licence, Entertainments Licences, and NITB Certificates where appropriate. The renewal process itself is relatively straightforward and in most cases, save where the PSNI or Council are objecting to the renewal and, subject to all statutory proofs being in order, there will not be any court attendance ...
Kevin O'Hagan
Ahead of McKinty and Wright’s annual CPD Session on 30th June 2017, Kevin discusses recent cases / points of interest for those dealing with claims litigation in Northern Ireland. The first part of the series focuses on recent wins at trial, both defending and prosecuting for a Public Sector / Utility client: - Personal Injury/Casualty PL claim: Dismissal of Plaintiff’s allegations secured at trial, building on our 75% dismissal/indemnity rate for the client: - Allegations The Plaintiff alleged an ankle injury as a result of stepping onto a defective fire hydrant on the public road. The Co Defendant alleged that our client ...
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